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The Leadership Workbench

Your Great Idea? We Tried That Already – It Will Never Work

  How many times have you come up with a great idea that deeply excited you, only to have it met with lukewarm reception or “we tried that already,” or “that will never work,” or any of the other idea…
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Field Guide to Modern Day Transition: Inspiration #327

Why Writing Matters   For those who are familiar with the literary magazine The Sun (https://www.thesunmagazine.org), I rediscovered this gem from the founder, Sy Syfransky’s Notebook: (Issue number to follow when I locate it in one of my many piles.)…
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Getting Unstuck and Making A Difference

Getting Unstuck and Making A Difference Mid-Week Workbench 10-4-17 Sense of Place: Early morning, Wednesday, my son’s birthday. 15 years ago, at 3:18 AM, this amazing human made his entrance into this world.  I am at our kitchen table, coffee…
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The Weekend Workbench

The Weekend Workbench – Sense of Place, Belonging, and Fitting In   Sense of Place:  Weekend, North County San Diego. 10:23 AM. Weather:  Sun is out early, feels like San Diego fall (or an upstate NY perfect summer day –…
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Breaking the Sunday Night Logjam

11:00 PM, Sunday Night Sunday night, a bit out of sorts, because even though I had a good weekend and got a lot done, I still feel like I could use more down time.   My soul could use a patch…
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Workplace Challenge: Navigating Workplace Tension with a Supervisor

Workplace Challenge: My friend Hannah, who works for a large medical device company, recently called to discuss a difficult situation at work.  She has a supervisor who is both driven and difficult to pin down, who expects a lot but…
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8 Ways People Give Power Away and What They Can Do About It

8-4-17 Been thinking a lot about power and influence, and what it represents in the variety of relationships we attend to at home, in the community, and at work. For many years, I had shied away from these concepts –…
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Friday Night Gratitude

Friday Night Gratitude ArtBeauty To Start Your Weekend Every shift in thinking or being requires some measure of transition.  On this Friday night, if you head is still at work, but you aren’t…take the time now to stop, look around,…
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5 Teenage Boys and Ideas on Transition

I must admit I was a little bit apprehensive (ok, I was scared) …because last weekend we hosted five 14 – year old boys for a sleepover in our cozy home. Boys this age are not known for their ability…
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Feedback & Executive Presence: Building Your Foundation of Confidence

“A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.”  – Chinese Proverb Let’s be honest:  real feedback often generates a crisis response within us.  We can talk about how it is a gift, and it truly is, but in the…
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